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Florida state Arbor Day

I think this coming Friday, Jan. 18, is Florida’s state arbor day, if I’m not mistaken. I haven’t seen anything about it in the news, but I wrote it on my calendar and thought I’d mention it.

A couple years ago, The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recommended planting native Florida trees. That’s what my family plans to do to replace some trees that didn’t make it through Wilma — more than two years ago! I know, I know — we’re way behind. I guess we were just hoping some of the trees would pull through, but they didn’t.

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Image from Florida DEP


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Ecosystem lost to mulch?

The use of cypress mulch is still being debated (I blogged about it back in July), in the Orlando Sentinel and Sun-Sentinel. According to the article, environmentalists think cutting down cypress trees just to shred them for mulch is a waste of an ecosystem. Cypress loggers counter that it’s a sustainable business, though, because the trees regenerate.

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Cypress mulch debated

Is it OK to cut down Florida’s cypress trees for mulch? That’s what environmentalists are debating in this article in Florida Today.

Me, I try to use fallen leaves as mulch whenever I can.

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